North Korea Detains Another Yank at Chinese Border

N. Korea fires artillery at South for second day
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 28, 2010 2:54 AM CST
South Korean Army soldiers aim their machine guns during an exercise near the demilitarized zone in Yanggu, South Korea, yesterday.   (AP Photo/Yonhap, Lee Sang-hack)
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(Newser) – North Korea is holding an American citizen who officials say tried to illegally enter the country across its border with China this week. Officials didn't provide the man's name or any other details, and State Department officials declined to comment. This is the second American detained by North Korea in the last month, AP notes.

American missionary Robert Park is believed to be in North Korean custody, and US consular officials have been unable to meet with him. North Korea, meanwhile, resumed firing artillery shells in the direction of a South Korean island today. The shells landed on North Korea's side of the de facto maritime border, but South Korea's military remains on high alert, CNN reports.

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